All sorts of non-native species can get into the wood from adjacent gardens and a programme of removal was instigated. One of the largest incursions was Box Honeysuckle (Lonicera Nitida) behind one of the houses in Carbone Hill. The photos below show this before and after clearance.
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In the latest location, there were no foxes or hares – but overwhelmed with squirrels. Of the 200 triggers over 7 days, 97 captured squirrels, while another 71 ‘blank’ sequences were probably squirrels that triggered the sensor but were out of the camera’s view. 15 triggers captured muntjacs. Other sequences were of wood pigeons and dogs (the location was near a path). The compilation here shows a badger by night and a group of pheasants by day.
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While working in the main car park area this morning, we were lucky to see a Purple Emperor coming down to the ground. Apologies for the low quality photograph, but at that moment, I only had a simple mobile phone to hand!
The working party on 20th May cleared the obstruction created by contractor’s brash last winter, so it is now possible to walk again between Justice Hill and the Yellow Trail. The gap frames one of the pollarded hornbeams.
While walking along Middle Way on last week’s Friday work party, this slow worm appeared on the path. Also, we saw a Holly Blue butterfly there. While this is a common butterfly and is frequently seen in Cuffley’s domestic gardens, it is far less often noted in the Great Wood.
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